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2004 Fall Film Series
Theme: Banned Films From Around the World
 Whether the prejudice and oppression is political, religious, or sexual in nature, these five films were denied an audience when they were released. From China to the United States, this film series serves as a reminder that censorship knows no borders.

Filmed secretly, without government approval, this bold film offers a glimpse of the repressed, risk-taking artistic spirit of young Chinese filmmakers. A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. He plans to melt a huge block of ice with his body heat and die of hypothermia. He calls this protest against the coldness of society "Funeral on Ice."

1996  99 minutes Rated: N/A  Director: Xiaoshuai Wang


Sita and Radha are young women whose husbands choose celibacy or mistresses over their wives. The two women become friends and grow closer together, forming a forbidden but liberating relationship. A lush, passionate story of emancipation and love in a closed society.
1996   108 minutes  Rated: R  Director: Deepa Mehta
Dementia/Daughter of Horror
One of the strangest movies ever made. It was shot entirely without dialogue and backed by the singing of Marni Nixon (West Side Story, My Fair Lady). Following a woman's surreal sleepwalk through a world of pimps, prostitutes and murder, it was banned by the New York Censor Board. Two years later, the film was reissued as Daughter of Horror with foreboding narration by Ed McMahon.
1955  56 min.  Rated: PG  Director: John J. Parker
Five Turkish prisoners are granted one week to set their domestic affairs in order. Each prisoner is confronted with the harsh rules of religious tradition and political oppression. One prisoner has an unfaithful wife whose family orders him to kill her. Another prisoner is in love with a young girl, but is compelled by tradition to marry his sister-in-law when his brother is killed by soldiers.

1982  114 minutes    Rated: PG
Director:  Yilmaz Guney and Serif Goren